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Caring for children, including adolescents, with Long COVID

Although Long COVID appears to be less common in children than in adults, children can develop Long COVID. Recognizing and identifying Long COVID symptoms can be difficult, especially for children. Young children may have even more trouble describing the symptoms or problems they are experiencing. The best way to prevent your child from developing Long COVID is to protect them from getting COVID-19.

Long COVID can affect your child’s daily activities

If your child has Long COVID, it may impact their ability to attend school, complete schoolwork, or participate in other normal activities such as:

Sports and recreational activities Social gatherings or activities (for example, afterschool events) Child care

School administrators, counselors, teachers, and nurses can work with families and healthcare professionals to provide learning or other accommodations for children with Long COVID. Resources are available to you and your child.

Caring for adults with Long COVID

Research shows adults are more likely than children to get Long COVID. Long COVID symptoms and conditions can affect adults’ ability to perform many of their normal daily activities and cause physical, emotional, and financial stress.

The unknown and long-term nature of Long COVID can worsen this stress. Taking steps to understand the patient’s unique experiences might make them feel less isolated.

Long COVID impact

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